|//DBSP's Accreditation In South Africa// //DBSP's Perspective On Rural Development// //DBSP's Management Structure// //Some Of The Businesses Learners Start Up// //Organisations Associated With The DBSP// //Feedback Obtained On The DBSP// //Conclusion//|
The DBSP's Accreditation In South Africa
The DBSP has been accredited by the Department of Labour for use nationally.
We are currently reviving our accreditation with the Services Seta, under Hi-Eye-Q Training. Our first accreditation had the following SETQAA decision number: 0877. We are also in the process of registering our MBS Program as a full New Venture Creation qualification at an NQF level 4.
Additionally, work in developing the Train-the-Trainer programme and Trainer assessment tools have been done under the guidance of the Human Resource Development Department of Johannesburg University. (Previously Rand Afrikaans University)Back to the top of the page to the Page Menu
The DBSP's Perspective On Rural Development & Lessons We Have Learnt
Our perspective on rural development has not changed much over the years, and our determination to
make an even bigger impact in rural areas has grown stronger, especially where there is a measure of
vulnerability - such as where HIV/AIDS is devastating a community and where there is a high concentration
of orphans, for whatever reason. Along with our partner organisations, we are also busy developing
initiatives to attract money into some of the economically depressed rural areas in which we work. As
these are still in the planning stage, it is too premature to talk about them as yet.
For economic upliftment to be done properly, so that results are clearly visible and measurable, and so that there is long term sustainability and impact in the community, DBSP interventions need to be run in the same community on a regular basis each year, for at least 5 years.
There needs to be a strong partnering relationship between like minded organisations in a rural community. The DBSP cannot fulfil all the functions in helping a community to develop and it is a fallacy to think that business start up training is the only thing that is needed. A strong strategic partnership between various stakeholders is necessary. This includes amongst others health, nutrition, skills, life skills, HIV / AIDS education & care and Donor Funding Organisations. This is why we seek out strong partners within each and every community in which we work.
We have discovered that the stronger the partnership between ourselves and the community based organisation with which we work, the more we can impact the community as a whole. The converse of this is equally and most definitely true. Although we have been very successful in working in communities without working with a strategic partner organisation, and the learners start businesses that sustain, it is preferable to have an integrated approach.
Each community needs its own business service centre / office, where people can come for advice, counselling and further training. There needs to be experienced people who can help the new entrepreneurs overcome problems and to develop and expand their businesses. For this reason, we train up a Trainer / Facilitator, or at the very least, a Follow Up Agent for each of the communities in which we work. We have also found that failure to do so severely weakens any impact we have in a community, thereby reducing the longer term impact of our work within that community.
There is a much stronger desire and motivation amongst the women and young people in rural communities to be empowered economically - this is why most of our success stories to date are of rural women who are running successful business ventures.Back to the top of the page to the Page Menu
Management Structure Of The DBSP Organisation
We have a philosophy in the organisation which says that if you are not a practising entrepreneur,
you have no right to teach another person to start up and run a business of their own. With this
philosophy in mind, it must be said that the organisation does not have a payroll as such, and no
permanent employees. We do however have a management team, a team of Trainer/Facilitators and a team
of Follow Up Agents / Business Counsellors. All the staff are employed on a contract by contract basis,
with a contract consisting of one training programme and the necessary follow-up work that goes along
with the training. Hence the organisation's overheads are kept to an absolute minimum. The Trainer/
Facilitators thus run the programmes through their own businesses, being paid on the basis of learners
recruited, programmes conducted and follow up work carried out. This model is consistent with the
business philosophy of the programme itself and ensures commitment, efficiency and productivity. The
structure of the DBSP is as follows:
Some Of The More Unusual Businesses Learners Have Started
Learners are dissuaded from getting into overtraded businesses, but if this is their only opportunity,
then they are helped to approach the running of these businesses in innovative ways. Encouragement is
given to new innovative business ideas.
Organisations That Have Been Associated With The DBSP In South Africa
The following organisations have supported the project financially, or have been involved in some way:
Some Feedback The DBSP Has Obtained
"I am happy to recommend the DBSP to any organisation or individual as an innovative and valuable
business development programme." - The Director of the Centre for Developing Business of the Faculty of
Management at the Wits University.
Each Programme is community-based and employs a unique methodology and follow-up system, resulting in an above average start-up rate of new businesses. The economic development of all communities, especially marginalised ones in all parts of the world - critical to our economic and social survival - can be encouraged at a low cost per job created.
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